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St Barnabas's Church, Gloucester - geograph.org.uk - 59405.jpg
St Barnabas' church
Tuffley is located in Gloucestershire
Tuffley shown within Gloucestershire
Population5,889 (2011, ward)[1]
OS grid referenceSO824151
• London113m
  • Gloucester
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGL4
Dialling code01452
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°50′06″N 2°15′24″W / 51.835048°N 2.256743°W / 51.835048; -2.256743Coordinates: 51°50′06″N 2°15′24″W / 51.835048°N 2.256743°W / 51.835048; -2.256743

Tuffley is one of the 15 wards of the English city of Gloucester. The ward, which is non-parished and situated near Robinswood Hill toward the south of the city, has services including schools, shops and a park.


Tuffley is a suburb of Gloucester, in the county of Gloucestershire. Recorded as Tuffley, Tufley, Tufly, Tuffel, Tuffill and possibly others, this suburb was once a village mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Tuffelege', which suggests a meaning of Tuffa's farm, with Tuffa being an Anglo-Saxon personal name. To this was added the suffix 'leah,' meaning a fenced enclosure or farm.[2]

In 1900, Lower Tuffley was moved into the parish of Quedgeley.[3]

Poverty and crime[edit]

The side of Holmleigh Parade in January 2017

Many of the central areas of Tuffley, such as Holmleigh Parade, are showing their age, having been built in the 1960s in then-popular concrete brutalist design.[citation needed]

In January 2015 a murder enquiry was launched when a 19-year-old was attacked, with what was believed to be a machete, outside the Pike and Musket public house and died at the scene.[4]


Four local churches have a base in Tuffley. St George's (Church of England) is in Grange Road, Lower Tuffley and St Barnabas (Church of England) is on Stroud Road. The tower of St Barnabas is a local landmark. English Martyrs (Roman Catholic) is on Tuffley Lane. The Grange Baptist Church is also on Grange Road.

Amenities and transport[edit]

There are two pubs in the Tuffley area, the Pike and Musket and the Fox and Elm. There are 2 libraries, a community centre, a sports centre, and a shopping centre.

Stagecoach West serve the Lower Tuffley area on Route GOLD 10[5] and the Tuffley area on Route 9. Other services pass through the area, connecting Tuffley to Stroud.


Tuffley Rovers F.C., a football team based in the ward, plays at Glevum Park in Gloucester and operates four adult sides. Their best result in the FA Cup was a 2nd qualifying round defeat in 1999–2000 to Lymington & New Milton, while they reached the 2nd round in the FA Vase in the 1994–95 season.[6]


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Surname Database: Tuffley Last Name Origin". The Internet Surname Database.
  3. ^ "The Early History of Quedgeley". Quedgeley News.
  4. ^ "BBC News - Gloucester pub 'machete' attack prompts murder probe". BBC News. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  5. ^ "£3.5m fleet of gold buses hit road in Gloucestershire". South West Business. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ Tuffley Rovers at the Football Club History Database

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